Clear rules are needed to mitigate risks posed by a world of ubiquitous smart tags, according to European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx. At the annual Internet of Things conference yesterday, Hustinx said that smart objects such as appliances equipped with metering technology and geo-enabled devices must have data protection built in. Hustinx also stressed that privacy should be the default in the "smart" environment, and he called for more accountability on the part of manufacturers and vendors. "Controllers should be more in control," Hustinx said. "This is happening in the financial sector, on environmental issues and it should also be the case in the context of data protection."
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